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Friday, January 30, 2004

Militants

I was listening to the radio this morning on my way to work and they were talking about the Palestinian "militants" who were killed by Israeli troops yesterday. The words "terrorist," "murderer," "hate-monger," or even the completely non-controversial "suicide bomber" were never used. The "news"caster went on the talk about how the Al Aqsa Martyr's Brigade and Hamas were both claiming responsibility for the murderous bus bombing that happened yesterday. Imagine that, two organizations fighting over who gets responsibility for being blood-thirsty murderers and no one even bats an eyelash. The report went on to speak about the fact that Israel exchanged 400 Palestinian terrorists (of course that word wasn't used, I think it was prisoners) for 1 Israeli businessman and 3 bodies of Israelis that the Palestinians killed. The report concluded with the sad news that Israel had killed four Palestinians who were carrying explosives towards one of the Israeli settlements. The fact that one of these Palestinians was only the tender age of 17 was noted as the final sentence of the report. Was there any mention of the 10 Israelis civilian who were going about their normal day-to-day lives yesterdays, riding on their usual bus to work or school, when suddenly they were viciously murdered because of their nationality? Did it mention the age of any of the victims in that attack? Did it mention that the only weapons the bus-riders had with them was possibly a pen or maybe a purse (I know, you can get pretty violent with a purse)? Hmmm, maybe when the reports lament the fact that civilians rather than terrorists carrying explosives are killed, there will be hope of a peaceful Israel.

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